Would you take a job that pays less than comparable positions, requires you to supervise unruly individuals without the authority to discipline them and results in your being blamed when other people don’t take care of their responsibilities? And yet, that’s what teachers do, because they want to make sure that our children get the education they need to succeed in life. I’d … [Read more...] about If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher
Archives for January 2012
Revenue – money flowing in – is the life’s blood of any household, business or organization. For the state of Nevada, revenue forecasts for 2012 and beyond are mostly positive… but continue to hinge on a variety of factors close to home and half a world away. Progress is being made on a number of fronts to generate new and perpetuate existing revenue streams, even as dark … [Read more...] about Economic Development: The New Plan
A year ago, Ed Brown said Nevada’s business financing picture in 2010 was the worst he’d seen in his 35 years of administering small business loans for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), describing it as “a bad time” and “depressing.” Minimal loans of any kind were being made. Funds were being pieced together from various sources. Some groups had no money to … [Read more...] about Financing: It’s a Jungle Out There
An industry that remains in the throes of transition and reform, healthcare has been in the spotlight for the past several years. Between healthcare reform and changing practices, healthcare professionals have had to learn to jump with the times. Executives representing healthcare in Nevada recently met at the law offices of Holland & Hart in Las Vegas to discuss this … [Read more...] about Industry Focus: Healthcare
Most of us are used to having as much water as we need. We simply turn on the tap and out flows the water. However, those who work within the agencies overseeing water allocation must deal with the complex issues of what resources are available, how much is available and the price tag on ensuring that the supply meets the demand. Many Nevadans are concerned with the … [Read more...] about Keeping Our Heads Above Water: Nevada’s need to ensure quality and availability of nature’s sustaining resource
The Higher Education Collaborative was formed in Southern Nevada in 2010 with the aim of answering multiple needs for post-secondary education, the community, residents and the Valley’s economy. The organization is especially relevant today with the challenges to Nevada’s education. According to 2008 Census data, of the 1.4 million working age adults (24-65 years old), only … [Read more...] about Higher Education Collaborative
Health Care Partners Becomes an Accountable Care Organization Health Care Partners of Nevada has been selected to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, an initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. Through the Pioneer ACO Model, the company will provide beneficiaries with higher quality care, … [Read more...] about January 2012: Around the State
In 2010, Americans spent 6 billion hours, which is approximately 8,800 lifetimes, and $480 billion doing their taxes. This represents a huge deadweight loss — time and money wasted jumping through government-mandated hoops — for individuals and America’s economy. It’s also why, regardless of how much how you think the federal government needs to collect in taxes, it is … [Read more...] about Examining the Tax Plans of Top GOP Candidates: Proposals range from gournd-breaking flat taxes to tweaking the status quo
When it comes to overall health, Nevada has some opportunities for improvement. That’s according to the 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings from United Health Foundation. The report, the longest running of its kind in the country, placed Nevada No. 42 among all 50 states for overall heath, up five spots from last year. Here’s a snapshot of how Nevada fared in this … [Read more...] about How Healthy is Nevada?
Managing Partner Las Vegas & Reno Number of Employees: 22 Years in Nevada: 13 Years with Company: 13 How did you first get into your profession? I was a student advocate in college and I represented students in disciplinary matters. I loved it and decided to go to law school. I saw the growth in Silicon Valley in law school and decided that intellectual … [Read more...] about Michael D. Rounds: Watson Rounds
Las Vegas Vacancies among anchored-retail centers move upward as economic uncertainty continues to impact retailers. The market recorded 223,400 square feet of negative net absorption during the third quarter of 2011, pushing the vacancy rate up to 10.8 percent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2011) and slightly ahead of the 10.7 … [Read more...] about Retail Summary: Third Quarter 2011
According to revised data, U.S. real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 2 percent during third quarter 2011, which represents a gain over the second-quarter figure of 1.3 percent. Consumption spending and business fixed investment were particularly strong. Preliminary indicators—such as retail sales, industrial production and trade—suggest U.S. real GDP will show even stronger … [Read more...] about January 2012: Business Indicators
“The biggest change was the emergence of the short-term foreclosure investor, who buys homes in homeowner associations at foreclosure sales. Short-term foreclosure investors are only interested in a quick resale at a profit, not the long-term health of the homeowners association, and oppose any regulation or fee imposed by an association.” Paul Terry • President of Community … [Read more...] about What’s the biggest change you saw in 2011 as it relates to business?